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Made Visible: Women, Children & Poverty in America
(New York, NY, March 18, 2012)

The Great Recession and the slow recovery have inflicted long-lasting damage on our nation’s women and children. The numbers are real and the impact is devastating. Poverty imposes enormous costs on society. The lost potential of children raised in poor households, the lower productivity and earnings of poor adults, poor health, increased crime, and broken neighborhoods.

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley convened a panel of all-star women thought leaders and advocates to explore how to reverse the growing trend of women and children falling into poverty in America. The panelists included: Cecelia FireThunder, first woman president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; Nely Galán, founder, The Adelante Movement; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, economist and president, Bennett College; Suze Orman, America’s leading authority on personal finance; Hilda Solis, 25th United States Secretary of Labor; Faye Wattleton, former national president of Planned Parenthood; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and co-author of Half the Sky with New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristoff.



Remaking America
(Washington, DC, January 12, 2012)

Record unemployment, corporate avarice, empty houses but homeless families, dwindling opportunities in a politically paralyzed nation—these are the realities of America, land of the free and home of the perennially poor and the new poor — the former middle class.

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley convened a panel of thought leaders and advocates to explore how to restore prosperity in America. Panelists included: Cornel West, Princeton University professor and author; Suze Orman, America’s leading authority on personal finance; Michael Moore, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker; Barbara Ehrenreich, prolific author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America; Jeffrey Sachs, poverty expert and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University; Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist; and Vicki B. Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America, and Roger A. Clay, Jr., President, Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

Bloggers panel included: Angenella Fleming, Brian Withey (Nova Giovanni), Bryanta Maxwell, Chanelle Schneider, Charael Munn, Courtney E. Connley, Crystal Marie Grant, Cynthia Gordy, Diva Ø, Doshon Farad, Isabelle Ofume, Jeffrey Chance, Joey V. Price, MS, PHR, John Freddy Hurtado, Julio Valeriano, Odile Weissenborn, RiPPa, Sean Breeze, Sheryl Huggins Salomon, Teneasha Pierson, Terry Ellis, Tianna, Trymaine Lee, and Wesley Coll



 America's Next Chapter
(Washington, DC, January 13, 2011)

Two costly wars, a fledging economy, a failing educational system, and job losses have Americans worried not only about the fate of the country but its legacy as a global leader.  Broadcaster Tavis Smiley convened a panel of thought leaders to wrestle with how America can return to its greatness.  The panel included opinion-makers such as Cornel West, David Frum, Arianna Huffington, Dana Milbank, Helene Cooper, David Brody and Maria Teresa Kumar.

Bloggers Panel:  Beverly Macy, Debbie Hines, Garlin Gilchrist, Jeneba Ghatt, Judy Lubin, Mia Hall, Shana McClendon and Travis G. Mason.



We Count: The Black Agenda is the American Agenda
(Chicago, IL, March 18, 2010)

Panelists: Angela Glover Blackwell, Tom Burrell, Raven G. Curling, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Michael Fauntroy, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dorothy Wright Tillman, Ronald Walters, and Dr. Cornel West

Bloggers Panel: Lenny McAllister, Sean Walton, Jr., and Kathleen Wells

State of the Black Union: 10th Anniversary: Making America As Good As Its Promise (Los Angeles, CA, February 28, 2009)

Panelists: Dr. Na'im Akbar, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., Karen Bass, Les Brown, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Lani Guinier, Peter C. Harvey, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Van Jones, Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Marc Morial, Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Randall Robinson, Stephanie Robinson, Dr. Tricia Rose, Rev. Al Sharpton, Michelle Singletary, Michael Steele, Emilie M. Townes, Iyanla Vanzant, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dr. Cornel West, and Erica L. Williams. Bloggers Panel: Michael Fauntroy, Lenny McAllister, Carmen Dixon Rosenzweig, Kevin Ross, and Roy Sekoff

A Message from President Barack Obama

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State of the Black Union: Reclaiming Our Democracy: Reclaiming Our Future (New Orleans, LA, 2008)

Panelists: Dr. Na'im Akbar, Arlene Holt Baker, Angela Glover Blackwell, Mayor Cory Booker, Daron Boyce, Donna Brazile, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Naomi Churchill Earp, Cleo Fields, Dr. Norman Francis, Dr. Robert Franklin, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Dick Gregory, Hearreast Harrison, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Pastor Melvin Jones, Nicole Lee, Mayor Ray Nagin, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Michael Steele, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dr. Cornel West, and Stephanie Woodard

State of the Black Union: Jamestown, America’s 400th Anniversary: The African American Imprint on America (Hampton, VA, 2007)

Partner: Jamestown 2007 African American Steering Committee
Panelists: Daniel Beaty, Lerone Bennett Jr., Ira Berlin, Angela Glover Blackwell, Raymond M. Brown, Ernesto Cortés Jr., Chuck D, Marian Wright Edelman, Rex Ellis, Congressman Keith Ellison, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Bruce S. Gordon, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Julia Hare, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Wade Henderson, Dr. Darlene Clark Hine, Cathy Hughes, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Dr. Mae Jemison, Tom Joyner, Michel Martin, B. Courtney McBath, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr., Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Charles Ogletree, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Tim Reid, Stephanie Robinson, Malika Saada Saar, Sonia Sanchez, Congressman Robert C. Scott, Rev. Al Sharpton, Tavis Smiley, Omar Wasow, Cornel West, L. Douglas Wilder, and Karenne Wood

State of the Black Union 2006: Economic Empowerment - Building and Leveraging Wealth in the African American Community & Defining the African American Agenda (Houston, TX, 2006)

Panelists: Dr. Na’im Akbar, Harry Belafonte, Alpha Blackburn, Junior Bridgeman, Raymond M. Brown, Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Kamala Harris, Wade Henderson, Lynette Khalfani, Malia Lazu, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Victor Marsh, Najee McGreen, Harriet Michel, Keith Millner, Trish Millnes-Dziko, Marc Morial, Walter Mosley, Jerome C. Ringo, James Shelton, Michelle Singletary, Dr. Ian Smith, Rep. Melvin Watt, and Dr. Cornel West

State of the Black Union 2005: Road to Health & Defining the African American Agenda (Atlanta, GA, 2005)

Panelists: Dennis Archer, Georges Benjamin, Angela Glover Blackwell, Cory Booker, Keith Boykin, Donna Brazile, L. Natalie Carroll, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ronald Copeland, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Patricia Ford, George Fraser, Jehmu Greene, Bishop Harry Jackson, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Robert Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Bishop Eddie L. Long, Rev. Joseph Lowery, William Lucy, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Thomas Parham, Constance L. Rice, Donna Richardson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Ian Smith, Marie F. Smith, Faye Wattleton, Dr. Cornel West, Phill Wilson, and Jifunza Wright

Unfinished Agenda: 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education (Washington, DC, 2004)

Partner: NAACP-Legal Defense and Education Fund
Panelists: Dennis Archer, Elise Boddie, Raymond M. Brown, UW Clemon, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Marisa Demeo, Rep. Chaka Fattah, Jack Greenberg, Lani Guinier, Carla Diane Hayden, Wade Henderson, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Elaine R. Jones, James M. Jones, Karen K. Narasaki, Charles Ogletree, Constance L. Rice, Thomas A. Saenz, Kurt Schmoke, Theodore M. Shaw, Paul Lawrence Vance, Reginald Weaver, and Frank H. Wu

State of the Black Union 5th Anniversary: Strengthening the Black Family (Miami, FL, 2004)

Preserving the African American Imprint on America Panelists: Dr. Na’im Akbar, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Loretta Cole, Marva Collins, Dr. James Comer, Stanley Crouch, Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant, Monique Greenwood, Jordan A. Harris, Julia Hare, Jeffrey Johnson, Magic Johnson, Jawanza Kunjufu, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Judge Greg Mathis, Aaron McGruder, Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Valerie Coleman Morris, Erin Patrice Mumphford, Orlando Patterson, Randall Robinson, Dr. David Satcher, Rev. Al Sharpton, Ralph Smith, Susan L. Taylor, Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Jeremiah West, and Malik Yoba


State of the Black Union IV: The Black Church: Relevant, Repressive, or Reborn? (Detroit, MI, 2003)

Panelists: Charles Adams, Raymond M. Brown, Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Iva Carruthers, Johnnie Coleman, Dr. James Cone, Marcia Dyson, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Charles Ellis, Cain Hope Felder, Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, Dr. James Forbes, Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Jacquelyn Grant, Frederick Haynes, Bishop Noel Jones, Barbara King, Carolyn Knight, Boshop Vashti McKenzie, Paul Morton, Carlton Pearson, Rev. Eugene Rivers, Rev. Al Sharpton, William Shaw, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, Edgar Vann, Dr. Cornel West, Rev. Marvin Winans, and Dr. Jeremiah Wright


Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (Philadelphia, PA, 2002)

Panelists: Dr. Na’im Akbar, Derrick Blassingame, Johnnie Cochran, Jr., Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Stanley Crouch, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Rep. Chaka Fattah, Dr. James Forbes, Kenny Gamble, Lani Guinier, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Barbara King, Bernice King, Rep. Barbara Lee, Dr. Manning Marable, Hugh B. Price, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, William Thompson, Iyanla Vanzant, and Rep. Maxine Waters


State of the Black Union: It’s About Us! (Washington DC, 2001)

Panelists: Dr. Na’im Akbar, Mary Frances Berry, Ken Blackwell, Raymond M. Brown, Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Kirby H. Caldwell, Farai Chidaya, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Stanely Crouch, Darien Dash, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Lani Guinier, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Wade Henderson, Alphonso Jackson, Rev. Jesse L. Jackso, Sr., Boshop T. D. Jakes, Elaine R. Jones, Aaron McGruder, Kweisi Mfume, Charles Ogletree, Joe Rogers, Sonia Sanchez, Rev. Al Sharpton, Iyanla Vanzant, Rep. Maxine Waters, and Dr. Cornel West


The Black Think Tank
Advocacy in the Next Millennium: New Paradigms for Progress (Los Angeles, CA, 2000)

Panelists: Dr. Na’im Akbar, Les Brown, Raymond M. Brown, Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Farai Chidaya, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Stanley Crouch, Darien Dash, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Nikki Giovanni, Danny Glover, Monique Greenwood, Lani Guinier, Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Magic Johnson, Bishop Noel Jones, Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, Aaron McGruder, Charles Ogletree, Hugh B. Price, Randall Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Iyanla Vanzant, Rep. Maxine Waters, Dr. Cornel West, and Malik Yoba

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